Geek House : 10 Hardware Hacking Projects for Around Home
From the garage to the living room, Geek House provides hackers with 10 PC-based hardware hacking projects that are not for the faint of heart! Taking the DIY mentality to a whole new level, this book teaches techies how to hack, customize, and modify everything-from their sprinkler systems to the temperature of their barbecues Adventurous readers will feast on such projects as installing a bar code inventory system for DVDs or CDs, converting RS232 to wireless, scheduling recording from any television in the house, and creating a remote control finder Companion Web site includes the custom software and source code needed to power these geeky creations
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- Online resource | 304 pages
- 182.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
- 10 May 2005
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
- Foster City, United States
Back cover copy
How smart is your house?So your home's more like "ho-hum"? Don't wait for the techno-dwelling of tomorrow; do a little geek remodeling today. Make your TV turn itself down when the phone rings. Let your computer water the lawn. Install a kitchen PC that will automatically pull that award-winning sushi recipe off the Internet. And when you've finished these projects, we'll bet you'll be ready to create a few of your own.Try one, try allCovers what you'll need, where to find it, and how to build the projectX-10 under the hoodWireless RS-232 linkHome television serverSecurity monitoringTV mute on phone ringAnything inventoryIn-counter kitchen PCAutomated BBQ temperature controlAutomated sprinkler controlCar PC
About Barry Press
Barry and Marcia Press are hardcore geeks with a decidedly intelligent home. Barry has been designing leading-edge hardware, software, and networks for more than 25 years, including a computer able to analyze adverse drug reactions. Marcia is a former tax CPA and a gourmet cook who loves the efficiency of the kitchen PC. They are coauthors of PC Toys, also from Wiley.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments.Introduction.Part I: In the Basement.Chapter 1: X-10 Under the Hood.Chapter 2:Wireless RS-232 Link.Part II: In the Den or Family Room.Chapter 3: Home Television Server.Chapter 4: Security Monitoring.Chapter 5: Television Mute on Phone Ring.Part III: In the Kitchen and Dining.Chapter 6: Anything Inventory.Chapter 7: Kitchen PC.Chapter 8: Automated BBQ Temperature Control.Part IV: In the Garage and Out the Door.Chapter 9: Automated Sprinkler Control.Chapter 10: Car PC.Chapter 11: Hacking on Your Own.Appendix A:Working with Your PC: Software.Appendix B:Working with Your PC: Hardware.Appendix C:What's on the Web Site.Index.